25th June, 2014
The branch is functioning without a secretary and will be holding an election for the post at its next branch meeting (29th July). If you are a full member of the branch and would like to stand, please get in touch with one of the committee members (contact details on the Committee page of this site) or just come along to the meeting. It’s a chance to make a vital contribution to the branch in collaboration with other committee members. The workload isn’t great: taking the minutes at one branch meeting and one committee meeting a month, and plenty of support if you need it. Job-sharers are welcome.
25th June, 2014
The minutes of the June branch meeting have been posted on the Members’ area of this site. If you are a branch member, do not have access and would like it, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
22nd June, 2014
At our our June branch meeting this Tuesday we will be hosting an open discussion on ‘Who speaks for photographers in the NUJ?’
6.00pm Tuesday 24 June, Headland House, 308-312 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8DP
22nd May, 2014
Our May branch meeting, with NUJ General Secretary Michelle Stanistreet, will be an opportunity for members to discuss our rapidly evolving workplace and how the NUJ can address our needs. Members are encouraged to bring ideas for courses and maintaining standards within our profession.
6.00pm Tuesday 27 May, Headland House, 308-312 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8DP
25th April, 2014
The discussion at this month’s branch meeting will be about the intensifying violence against journalists who report on events around the world. The guest speaker is Jim Boumelha, President of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), which represents around 600,000 members in more than 134 countries.
Over the past 12 years more than 1,100 journalists and media staff have been killed in the line of duty, because someone did not like what they wrote or said, or because they were in the wrong place in the wrong time. The IFJ monitors press freedom violations and campaigns for greater safety and for a focus on the in-country journalists and freelances, who are at greatest risk and who have the least protection. It has also launched a global campaign to end violence against women journalists.
6.00pm Tuesday 29 April, Headland House, 308-312 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8DP
27th March, 2014
As part of the campaign against blacklisting and surveillance the NUJ is asking for more members to submit subject access requests to find out what data the police have stored on journalists.
If you feel that in the course of your work you might have come under police scrutiny, or you have found yourself in front of a police camera lens, noticed an intelligence officer seeming to take interest in you, writing in their note books, or otherwise recording observations, it may be worth taking 30 minutes to fill in this form and send it off to help the NUJ expose and stop the monitoring of journalists.
More info here.
27th March, 2014
The LPB has proposed a Late Notice motion to the April NUJ Delegate Meeting in Eastbourne calling for a union-wide boycott of the purchase or use of photographs from Getty Images. This follows an announcement by the company that it is making 35 million pictures available free of charge for “non-commercial” use.
The Getty Images definition of “non-commercial” is extraordinarily wide. Most significantly for our members, it includes all editorial use. It also includes blogs using Google Ads to generate income – only direct promotion of a product, service or company is regarded as commercial.
This is a disastrous move for photographers. The British Journal of Photography (BJP) has described it as having “single-handedly redefined the entire photography market”. It cannot be allowed to stand. More detail can be found on the BJP website here and here.
LATE NOTICE MOTION AGREED UNANIMOUSLY AT THE LPB MARCH MEETING:
Boycott Getty Images
This DM is appalled at Getty’s decision to make its photographic content available free of charge for so-called “non-commercial” use, thereby further undermining the ability of photographers to earn a living. This DM instructs the NEC to ensure NUJ publications avoid the use of Getty Images and to call upon all members to boycott the purchase or use of Getty Images photographic content wherever possible until Getty reverses this decision.
( No cost )
24th March, 2014
At this month’s branch meeting we will be looking at the motions proposed for the NUJ Delegate Meeting next month. This will give us the opportunity to discuss the policies being lined up for our union, and to vote on how our delegates should address them at DM. The DM agenda is available (to NUJ members only) on the main NUJ website.
There will be the usual nibbles and networking, most likely followed by a visit to the Lucas Arms. See you there.
6.00pm Tuesday 25 March, Headland House, 308-312 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8DP
4th March, 2014
Following reports of the escalation of tensions between Russia and Ukraine, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) have issued an urgent safety advisory urging journalists covering events in Ukraine to exercise utmost caution.
Over 160 journalists have been injured since the beginning of the Ukraine’s political crisis in November 2013, while journalist Vyacheslaqv Vereymi died after being brutally attacked in February.
“Given the many brutal attacks against journalists in Ukraine in recent months and the ever increasing tensions in the country, we urge journalists covering events to remain mindful of their safety at all times and to ensure they take every step necessary protect themselves. No story is worth the loss of a life,” said IFJ President Jim Boumelha.
Detailed Safety Guidelines can be downloaded from the IFJ website. For more details on Ukraine, please consult the IFJ Ukraine Crisis campaign page
The NUJ advice is that photographers and videographers should undertake Hostile Environment Training BEFORE covering a conflict like that in Ukraine.
For more information, please contact IFJ on +32 2 235 22 17
The IFJ represents more than 600 000 journalists in 134 countries
17th February, 2014
This month’s branch meeting will focus on the new Small Claims Copyright Court. A mechanism designed to help members recoup money from stolen images and video. The NUJ has had a string of recent successes there and freelance organiser John Toner will explain how the court works and take questions.
Also the committee posts of Chair, Secretary, Learning Representative and Equality Officer remain vacant. There will be elections for these posts. Anyone interested in filling these positions should come along to find out more. 6pm Headland House Tuesday February 25th.